Touch the Soil News #915 (Feature photo – MUFI Logo – CCA SA 4.0 International License)
Lorraine Chow from EcoWatch just published an article that takes the importance of urban farming to the next level – it’s a cornerstone of the future of food. She quotes the Thompson Reuters Foundation which concludes that “urban farms” could supply almost the entire recommended consumption of vegetables for city dwellers, while cutting food waste and reducing emissions from the transportation of agricultural products.
Chow also cites Dr. David Suzuki who explains the story of one patch of Detroit – where 12 vacant houses were removed to grow food. This plot has supplied almost 200,000 kilograms of produce (almost 450,000 pounds) for 2,000 local families, provided volunteer experience to 8,000 residents (80,000 hours of volunteering) and brought the area new investment and increased safety. The project is called the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI).
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At the forefront of urban farming is an enterprise – many years in the research and development – that is being actualized in Sarasota, Florida. If you are in the area it is a must see. Look for Life Force Urban Farms at Fruitville Groves, 7410 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. This urban farm takes production, sales, social responsibility and sustainability beyond virtually all other enterprises.